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Fire destroys Little Canada

February 18, 2011

The former Little Canada Bar & Grill along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run was destroyed by a huge fire that began around 12:30 a.m. Friday. Big Run firefighters were assisted by five area fire companies including the three Punxsy companies in battling the huge fire throughout the night. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

BIG RUN — The former Little Canada Bar & Grill was completely destroyed by a fire early Friday morning along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday and was fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing from the windows as firefighters arrived on the scene.

The vacant structure, which years ago had housed the Little Canada Bar & Grill along with numerous other bars and restaurants, was converted into a residence several years ago.

According to Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company Chief Todd Peace, the home, which was a rental, was recently vacated, and there was no one living there at the time of the fire.

Big Run firefighters were assisted by Sykesville, Central, Elk Run, Lindsey and Mahaffey fire companies.

The Lindsey Fire Company’s Tower 40 was once again utilized to douse the smoldering flames of the structure, which had a two-story addition built onto the original Little Canada building several years ago.

Peace said the reason he called for the Punxsy aerial unit is that it’s a much safer way to extinguish fire in the roof area and upper stories of a structure without endangering firefighters’ lives.

The Punxsutawney Salvation Army provided refreshments for firefighters throughout the night.

The fire was fought with both water from a hydrant and a tanker shuttle.

All fire companies were back in quarters by 8 a.m.

The house is a rental property owned by Stern Properties Inc., Lock Haven, )and is covered by insurance.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Chuck Gross said that the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is not considered to be suspicious at this time.

Meanwhile, Fire Marshal Julie Clark said the cause of the fire that completely destroyed a residence Wednesday night owned by Helen (Betty) Kennedy along Reed Road, Perry Township, is undetermined.

Clark said there was so much damage to the structure, it’s difficult to reconstruct where the fire originated, although the residents at home at the time the fire broke out believed it originated on the first floor.

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